Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts.  I’ve been battling a head cold and have been slow on writing my posts and comments.  I hope everyone had a great weekend! Chris and I had a busy one.  We went up to Healdsburg Saturday to pick-up our wine shipment and had lunch.  It was an all day affair.  The drive took longer than both activities combined.  Then on Sunday, we hosted brunch at our place.  It was a busy weekend and on Sunday evening, I started feeling some sinus congestion and fatigue.  I’ve been catching Z’s here and there on the couch and every time I awoke, I felt even more tired and my head felt foggy and dizzy.  It was not a good feeling.

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Pork Chili Verde

Pork Chili Verde

I mentioned a stew dish I made in this post.  Well, here it is.  It’s my first chili verde and it was delicious! I think the homemade salsa verde really shined through here.  I mean, you can use store bought salsa but it’s worth making it from scratch and it took no time to make!

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Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Chicken and Black Bean Chili

In my last post, I mentioned a chili we had with our cornbread.  Well, here it is! 🙂

I love this chili! It’s a nice switch up from your beef chili.  I always like to include sausages or ham steak (plus bone for flavor) in my pot of chili.  I find it gives it texture than just plain old ground meat.  Leftovers are fabulous in nachos or chili macs.  I used mine for nachos.  Sorry! Didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  Chris got too hungry and couldn’t wait. 😉

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Beef Stew with Caramelized Onions and Amber Lager

Beef Stew with Caramelized Onions and Amber Lager

I hate thieves! Last week, I discovered someone had stolen one of my popular posts and used it as their own content on their website, while generating ad revenues with pop-up ads.  And that’s not the worst part.  The owner of the site pulled in my content using a hidden iframe so people think they’re visiting unihomemaker.com when they’re not.  I mean, how often do people actually pay attention to the URL address they click over? I think this all originated from Pinterest.  I had to file a DMCA complaint with Pinterest and the thief’s web hosting company out in Germany.  Luckily, both parties took action and shut this guy down quickly! Has this happened to anyone before? Care to share your story with me?

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Ranchero Beef Stew

Ranchero Beef Stew

It has been chilly here lately so last night I decided to make a big pot of stew.  Chris picked up some Angus Beef (stew meat) from Harris Ranch at the market.  The first thing I thought was how expensive this stew meat was.  But it was totally worth it.  It made the best beef stew ever! I didn’t think you can tell the difference but with this meat, you can.

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Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

We’ve been having sporadic rain here the last couple of weeks.  It would be gorgeous and sunny one day and the next —rain and wind! So I decided to make a pot of chicken stew (I always have boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my freezer) to warm our bellies.  When I made this, I was in a bit of a rush so I didn’t bother cutting my chicken into pieces but feel free to do so if you prefer small pieces instead.  If you are not into beans, potatoes would also work well.  It’s the perfect meal to curl up on the couch with on a cold and miserable day.

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Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

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Last week was a chilly week, so I made a pot of chili.  Hee hee… get it? 😀 Incidentally, this was also the chili I was going to make for our Super Bowl shindig that never happened (*grumble* damn Chris’ flu!).  If you are not a fan of chili (I know —shocking isn’t it, but who doesn’t like chili? Kimi and Nelson, that’s who!), this chili will change your mind.  You can omit the beans or go easy on the jalapeno pepper but whatever you do, the corn is a must! It gives it such great texture and color! So the next time you are in the mood for a pot of chili, give this recipe a try.

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Roasted Tomatoes and Leek Beef Stew

Roasted Tomatoes and Leek Beef Stew

I made this dish for Nelson and Kimi a couple of weeks ago when they came over for dinner.  Nelson is on a diet with minimum carbs or no carbs.  Since I have to have a little carb, I made this dish to please everyone’s dietary needs.  At the end of the night, there was absolutely no leftover —it’s that tasty.  So tasty that I made it again last night.  It’s best served with warm crusty bread.  I love it when the sauce gets absorbed by the bread and gives it all that flavor.  Instead of using canned diced tomatoes in this stew, I thought roasted mini heirloom tomatoes would give it a bit more elegance and flavor.  Enjoy!

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Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

It’s been cold and miserable here lately with the rain.  And there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a bowl of stew (or soup) during those times.  I love butternut squash and sun-dried tomatoes in this stew.  Not only does it make it look pretty but it’s also delicious.  I served it with rice but it’s equally tasty with some warm crusty bread!

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Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

This dish was prepared in honor of Nelson’s Birthday.  Since Chris and I are a bit cash-poor these days (just bought the house), I thought it would be more economical to wine and dine him at home.  This stew was inspired from a Cioppino I had at a restaurant.  The Cioppino was a bit hearty for my taste but I thought it would be more appropriate to call it a stew.  Served with crusty bread, it really hits the spot on a cold winter night.

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